'Big Bang' explodes myth of 'Idol' invulnerability

Fox’s world might not be turned upside down, but it’s definitely tilting.

On Thursday night, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” not only attracted more viewers — some 16 million to 15.5 million — than the first half-hour of “American Idol,” but it beat the once-invincible talent show among the 18- to 49-year-olds advertisers care about most.
It even won in the 18-34 demo that’s not supposed to know CBS exists.

CBS’ victory wasn’t complete, thanks to “Rob,” the Rob Schneider sitcom that pulled the network’s ratings down considerably in the second half-hour. “Big Bang” took several seasons to develop into a giant-slayer, but I’m not sure any of us will live long enough to see “Rob” get there.

Still, it’s always nice to see a show about highly educated nerds beat one that’s been encouraging younger and younger kids to head for Hollywood.

Maybe they really would be better off in school.

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